Header

GENESIS REVISITED II

Steve Hackett

Eclectic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited II album cover
3.83 | 335 ratings | 18 reviews | 35% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection


Write a review
Buy STEVE HACKETT Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing


Disc 1

1. The Chamber of 32 Doors (6:00)
2. Horizons (1:41)
3. Supper's Ready (23:35)
4. The Lamia (7:47)
5. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:10)
6. Fly On A Windshield (2:54)
7. Broadway Melody of 1974 (2:23)
8. The Musical Box (10:57)
9. Can-Utility And The Coastliners (5:50)
10. Please Don't Touch (4:03)

Total Time: 73:20

Disc 2

1. Blood On The Rooftops (6:56)
2. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (8:46)
3. Entangled (6:35)
4. Eleventh Earl Of Mar (7:51)
5. Ripples (8:14)
6. Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers (2:12)
7. In That Quiet Earth (4:47)
8. Afterglow (4:09)
9. A Tower Struck Down (4:45)
10. Camino Royale (6:19)
11. Shadow Of The Hierophant (10:45)

Total Time: 71:28

Lyrics

Search STEVE HACKETT Genesis Revisited II lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search STEVE HACKETT Genesis Revisited II tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Hackett / guitars, vocals
- Roger King / keyboards
- Amanda Lehmann / guitar, vocals
- Jo Lehmann / backing vocals
- Christine Townsend / violin, viola
- Dave Kerzner / keyboards
- Dick Driver / double bass
- Francis Dunnery / guitar, vocals
- Gary O'Toole / drums, percussion, vocals
- John Hackett / flute
- John Wetton / bass, guitar, vocals
- Mikael Akerfeldt / vocals
- Nad Sylvan / vocals
- Nik Kershaw / vocals
- Phil Mulford / bass
- Rachel Ford / cello
- Roine Stolt / guitar
- Steve Rothery / guitar
- Nick Magnus / keyboards
- Neal Morse / keyboards, vocals
- Jeremy Stacey / drums
- Conrad Keely / vocals
- Nick Beggs / bass, Chapman stick
- Steven Wilson / guitar, vocals
- Rob Townsend / sax, flute and blown sundries
- Jakko Jakszyk / guitar, vocals
- Simon Collins / keyboard, vocals
- Lee Pomeroy / bass, Chapman stick
- Djabe

Releases information

Inside Out Music

Thanks to firepuck for the addition
Edit this entry

STEVE HACKETT MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy STEVE HACKETT Genesis Revisited II Music


Genesis Revisited: Live at HammersmithGenesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith
Box set
Inside Out U.S. 2013
Audio CD$22.97
$13.78 (used)
Genesis Revisited IIGenesis Revisited II
Inside Out 2012
Audio CD$10.49
$11.45 (used)
Genesis Revisited IGenesis Revisited I
Import
EMI Import 2013
Audio CD$13.34
$14.68 (used)
Voyage of the AcolyteVoyage of the Acolyte
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Astralwerks 2005
Audio CD$5.94
$4.94 (used)
Live RailsLive Rails
Inside Out U.S. 2011
Audio CD$11.23
$10.49 (used)
Beyond the Shrouded HorizonBeyond the Shrouded Horizon
Inside Out U.S. 2011
Audio CD$11.85
$13.70 (used)
Please Don't TouchPlease Don't Touch
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Astralwerks 2005
Audio CD$5.25
$4.91 (used)
Spectral MorningsSpectral Mornings
Extra tracks · Remastered
Astralwerks 2005
Audio CD$5.25
$8.24 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Steve Hackett - Live Archive NEARFEST (Signed by S. Hackett) RARE US $90.00 [9 bids]
33m 40s
Steve Hackett Genesis live concert Bristol 27th April 1983 poster print A5 size US $25.22 Buy It Now 43m 21s
Steve Hackett Genesis live concert Southend 3rd May 1983 poster print A5 size US $25.22 Buy It Now 1h 5m
Steve Hackett "Cured" LP Factory Sealed US $18.99 Buy It Now 1h 10m
Steve Hackett Genesis live concert Hammersmith April 1983 poster print A5 size US $25.22 Buy It Now 2h 2m
Steve Hackett Genesis live concert Hammersmith 1st May 1983 poster print A5 size US $25.22 Buy It Now 2h 9m
STEVE HACKETT: Highly Strung (rock & pop vinyl LP) UK US $18.00 Buy It Now 2h 15m
STEVE HACKETT-TOKYO TAPES-JAPAN MINI LP 2 HQCD K81 US $51.99 Buy It Now 4h 11m
STEVE HACKETT defector LP 10 track with inner but has slight ringwear on sleeve US $8.39 Buy It Now 6h 55m
STEVE HACKETT highly strung LP 9 track with insert (hack1) uk charisma 1983 US $8.39 Buy It Now 6h 55m
STEVE HACKETT spectral mornings LP 8 track but has some creasing on reverse of s US $8.39 Buy It Now 6h 55m
Steve Hackett - Highly Strung [Remastered] (CD 2007) US $13.44 Buy It Now 7h 23m
STEVE HACKETT - LIVE RAILS - NEW CD BOXSET US $25.16 Buy It Now 8h 26m
Steve Hackett- Please Don`t Touch (+ Bonus Tracks) - CDSCDR4012 US $11.47 Buy It Now 9h 40m
STEVE HACKETT 7" VINYL P/S SHOW CB 357 1980 GENESIS EX US $6.48 Buy It Now 9h 57m
Steve Hackett Clocks (12") US $3.36 Buy It Now 10h 44m
Camera Obscura by Steve Adams CD Camel Steve Hackett Prog Mirage Super RARE! US $11.49 [0 bids]
US $15.49 Buy It Now
11h 15m
STEVE HACKETT, Clocks 1st pressing A1 matrix EXC- PS UK 12 inch GENESIS US $7.99 [0 bids]
12h 16m
Genesis -- Nursery Cryme CD 1994 Definitive Ed Rmstr Peter Gabriel Steve Hackett US $9.99 Buy It Now 12h 32m
Chris Squire & Steve Hackett - Squakett - A Life Within A Day CD/DVD Deluxe US $40.45 Buy It Now 13h 20m
Steve Hackett -- Cured LP US $1.00 [0 bids]
14h
STEVE HACKETT - TRIBUTE [STEVE HACKETT] [CD] [1 DISC] - NEW CD US $5.07 Buy It Now 14h 5m
STEVE HACKETT--Spectral Mornings--SS LP US $14.39 Buy It Now 16h 15m
STEVE HACKETT BAY OF KINGS RARE BRAZIL EDIT LP US $38.00 Buy It Now 17h 29m
Steve Hackett Cured LP genesis vg US $7.99 Buy It Now 17h 34m
Steve Hackett Genesis Live UK Concert Tour March April 2005 poster print A5 US $25.22 Buy It Now 18h 10m
Feedback '86 Steve Hackett CD US $13.23 Buy It Now 18h 13m
Highly Strung (Remastered + Expanded) by Steve Hackett (CD, Jun-2007,... US $45.00 Buy It Now 19h 36m
STEVE HACKETT PLEASE DON'T TOUCH SOLO VINYL LP GENESIS KANSAS WALSH EHART PROMO US $8.00 [0 bids]
US $11.99 Buy It Now
22h 19m
Steve Hackett GENESIS REVISITED II 4xLP & 2xCD BOX SET sealed! US $75.00 [0 bids]
US $100.00 Buy It Now
22h 25m
Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited II CD US $15.47 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett - Tribute CD US $16.56 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT VOYAGE OF ACOLYTE RARE OOP JAPAN MINI-LP CD US $24.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Tribute Steve Hackett CD US $12.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett JAPAN 6 titles Mini LP SHM-CD SS +PROMO BOX SET Genesis US $229.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett JAPAN Genesis Revisited Live Mini LP 3HQCD+2DVD + PROMO BOX US $99.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett (Genesis) Cured RARE 1981 South Korea "Sunkyong Magnetic" Cassette US $7.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett - Defector (+Bonus Track) - CDSCDR4018 US $11.57 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT clocks 12" 3 trk promo originally given away free with album b/w a US $8.39 Buy It Now 1 day
1975 - STEVE HACKETT - Voyage Of The Acolyte - Press Advertisment - Poster Size US $15.12 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT - BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON NEW CD US $22.80 Buy It Now 1 day
7"-Single GTR When The Heart (1986) GERMANY PS / STEVE HACKETT HOWE YES GENESIS US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT - LIVE RAILS NEW CD US $23.94 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett Genesis Bay Of Kings Classical Guitar Stereo Lamborgini Records LP US $4.99 [0 bids]
1 day
STEVE HACKETT-"TILL WE HAVE FACES" 1984 U.K. ISSUE LP-NM VINYL-EX GENESIS US $10.99 [0 bids]
1 day
STEVE HACKETT GENESIS REVISITED CD GOLD DISC FREE P&P! US $148.03 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT a doll that's made in japan 12" 2 trk b/w just the bones (12lmg16) US $8.39 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT Till We Have Faces SEALED LP Vinyl 1984 GENESIS US $14.95 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT-CURED Genesis 1981 EPIC RECORDS USA VINYL RECORD PRESS M- US $2.99 [0 bids]
US $6.99 Buy It Now
1 day
STEVE HACKETT- TILL WE HAVE FACES LAMBORGHINI RECORDS UK 1984 VINYL LP NM US $5.99 [0 bids]
US $11.99 Buy It Now
1 day
STEVE HACKETT-CELL 151 12 INCH SINGLE CHARISMA RECORDS UK IMP. VINYL NM US $4.99 [0 bids]
US $8.99 Buy It Now
1 day
STEVE HACKETT-DEFECTOR CHARISMA RECORDS USA 1980 VINYL LP NM US $4.49 [0 bids]
US $7.99 Buy It Now
1 day
STEVE HACKETT- HIGHLY STRUNG 1983 CHARISMA UK IMPORT VINYL LP NM US $4.99 [0 bids]
US $11.49 Buy It Now
1 day
STEVE HACKETT DETECTOR Cassette Tape Canada 1980 US $34.42 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett, Highly Strung, 1983, LP Record US $18.54 Buy It Now 1 day
Steve Hackett - There Are Many Sides To The Night - NewSealed UK CD Genesis US $11.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Beyond the Shrouded Horizon Steve Hackett CD US $11.70 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT-OUT OF TUNNEL'S MOUTH-JAPAN MINI LP BONUS TRACK F50 US $29.99 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT~"Cell 151"~UK Charisma 12" 1982~Genesis US $13.44 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT (3 Vinyl LPs) Spectral Mornings / Highly Strung / Cured (GENESIS) US $8.97 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett - Guitar Noir (1993) - Used - Compact Disc US $3.17 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett "Spectral Mornings" 12" LP, 1979 Chrysalis USA, Genesis-related US $2.00 [0 bids]
US $3.00 Buy It Now
2 days
GTR/Steve Hackett/Howe(Vinyl LP)GTR-Arista-207 716-Germany-VG/VG US $16.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett Defector Vinyl lp With Insert Argentina 1980 SpanishTitles Genesis US $14.00 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT / GENESIS TWO CLASSIC VINYL LP'S INCLUDING HIGHLY STRUNG * EX / EX US $15.06 Buy It Now 2 days
LP STEVE HACKETT - DEFECTOR (CHARISMA CDS 4018) 1980 UK ORIGINAL ISSUE +POSTER US $20.17 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett - Time Lapse (Live Recording, 2005) CD MINT US $15.12 Buy It Now 2 days
GENESIS STEVE HACKETT / CURED 1981 JAPAN LP w/ OBI US $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
GTR (Steve Howe & Steve Hackett) 1986 Arista LP in VG++ shape US $4.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett - Voyage Of Acolyte CHR 1112 US LP US $8.00 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT/ Wild Orchids (CD, Sep-2006, Inside Out Music) US $7.99 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT/ Feedback '86 (CD, Jun-2002, Inside Out Music) ENHANCED addtl MP3! US $7.99 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT - Voyage of the Acolyte 1976 LP US $13.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett - Live Rails (2CD) US $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett - Beyond The Shrouded Horizon (2CD) US $12.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett - Out Of The Tunnel's Mouth (2CD) US $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett - Metamorpheus US $13.00 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT and the Underworld Orchestra: Metamorpheus (German pressing) US $7.99 [0 bids]
2 days
STEVE HACKETT-GENESIS REVISITED 2-JAPAN 2 HQCD K03 US $48.99 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT cured LP Record SEALED RARE 1981 US $24.98 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT Voyage of the Acolyte Vinyl LP CHARISMA CAS1111 A1/B1 1975 US $21.85 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT 2CD Tokyo Tapes w/Slipcase 1998 Japan TECW-38671/2 GENESIS US $17.92 [0 bids]
2 days
The Bremen Broadcast: Musikladen 8th November 1978 by Steve Hackett (DVD,... US $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett (Genesis) - Please Don't Touch 1978 vinyl LP US $13.46 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT - BREMEN BROADCAST: MUSIKLADEN 8TH NOVEMBER 1978 NEW DVD US $30.48 Buy It Now 2 days
Steve Hackett Cured JAPAN SHM MINI LP CD NEW BONUS TRACKS VJCP-98034 GENESIS US $29.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Genesis - The Best Of Norway Phil Collins Peter Gabriel Steve Hackett Norwegian US $200.00 [0 bids]
US $300.00 Buy It Now
2 days
STEVE HACKETT**VOYAGE OF THE ACOLYTE (REMASTERED)**CD US $9.98 Buy It Now 2 days
Live Rails - Steve Hackett New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $22.90 Buy It Now 2 days
STEVE HACKETT DEFECTOR RARE OOP JAPAN MINI-LP CD NO OBI US $21.99 [0 bids]
3 days
STEVE HACKETT-BEYOND THE SHROUDED HORIZON-JAPAN MINI LP CD BONUS TRACK F83 US $30.99 Buy It Now 3 days
STEVE HACKETT - HOPE I DON'T WAKE (UK 45 PS) US $10.92 Buy It Now 3 days
Steve Hackett Spectral Mornings JAPAN SHM MINI LP CD NEW BONUS TRACKS VJCP-98032 US $29.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Eddie Hardin - Wind in the Willows CD 2003 Donovan Steve Hackett Jon Lord NEW US $4.19 Buy It Now 3 days
Steve Hackett - Defector NEW CD US $8.26 Buy It Now 3 days
Steve Hackett- Spectral Mornings (+Bonus Tracks) - CDSCDR4017 US $11.47 Buy It Now 3 days
Steve Hackett Voyage Of The Acolyte CD US $7.50 Buy It Now 3 days
STEVE HACKETT PLEASE DON'T TOUCH white label promo JAPAN US $24.99 Buy It Now 3 days
STEVE HACKETT HIGHLY STRUNG JAPAN US $24.99 Buy It Now 3 days
STEVE HACKETT - Voyage Of The Acolyte JAPAN LP Chrisma US $26.99 Buy It Now 3 days

More places to buy STEVE HACKETT music online Buy STEVE HACKETT & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for STEVE HACKETT DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

STEVE HACKETT Genesis Revisited II ratings distribution


3.83
(335 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
35%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (17%)
17%
Collectors/fans only (6%)
6%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

STEVE HACKETT Genesis Revisited II reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by progaardvark
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars I had been interested in this album since I first heard the announcement of it. I admired Steve's reinterpretations from his previous re-makes of Genesis songs on the 1996 release of Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited. That album was a mixed bag where some songs worked and others failed (sometimes miserably).

On Genesis Revisited II, Steve seems to take a different approach and that would be to preserve the essence and energy of the original composition. As such, nearly all of the songs on this 2-disc set sound quite like their originals, albeit with more modern recording and mixing technology. They are almost entirely note-for-note covers of the originals. Where there is a difference is how the instruments are mixed differently from the originals and the addition of "flourishes" in many places, notably as intros or during solos. One of the biggest differences is that the guitar is more front and center and the keyboards and drums are less dominant. So, at first listen, one immediately is struck by how close to the originals the song is played. If you listen more closely, you should see that this reinterpretation is more with how the instruments relate to each other. I'm particularly impressed with the usage of piano in a number of the songs.

The best thing this collection has going for itself is the selection. This is the cream of the crop from Genesis' most important period in their history, the 1972-1977 period. With choices like Supper's Ready (and not selections, but the entire song!), Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Fly on a Windshield, The Musical Box, Can-Utility and the Coastliners, The Return of the Giant Hogweed, Eleventh Earl of Mar, and the Unquiet Slumbers epic, Hackett pretty much picked the "proggiest" stuff. He even included a couple of numbers from his early solo career. Since the collection is so large (nearly 145 minutes!), it's bound to have a couple low points (like Horizons, Ripples, and Camino Royale), but the other material surely makes up for it.

And what a guest roster! Including Hackett, 28 individuals performed on this, either as musicians or guest vocalists. Some of the highlights include Francis Dunnery, John Hackett, John Wetton, Mikael Akerfeldt, Nad Sylvan, Nik Kershaw, Roine Stolt, Steve Rothery, Neal Morse, Nick Beggs, Steven Wilson, Jakko Jakszyk, and Simon Collins (Phil's son).

Perhaps the album might sound better with Phil and Tony performing their respective parts, but then this would just be Genesis rehashing their old stuff. I think Steve's versions are nearly as good as the originals, and in some cases sound better (like The Chamber of 32 Doors, Blood on the Rooftops, and Dancing with the Moonlit Knight).

I'm really impressed with Steve's job here. This one will be getting a lot of playing time in the CD player. Five stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to progaardvark (BETA) | Report this review (#858111) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars Steve can revisit GENESIS as many times as he wants and I will always buy the album

After a wait that seemed eternal, I received my copy of Genesis Revisited II, and even when not as original and fresh as the first one (Seems like Steve wants to preserve the original wizardry with some interesting additions), the quality remains intact and as usual master Hackett offers fantastic new versions of old classics.

The album starts with The Chamber of 32 Doors from the weird The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, I must admit it's not one of my favorite tracks but Nad Sylvan in the vocals does a surprisingly good job, even when her sounds closer to Collins than to Gabriel. As usual Steve adds an incredibly beautiful (even when short) acoustic guitar intro that enhances the mystery of the track. I'm afraid to say it, but I like this version a bit more than the original, and this is something very hard to achieve when performing a Gabriel era GENESIS track.

Horizons brings no surprise because Steve has played this classic song in every concert since the impressive Tokyo Tapes, but the good thing is that no matter how many times I heard it, Horizons remains as beautiful and rewarding as the first occasion I heard it. Evidently one of Steve's favorite children and only he is capable to make it sound always fresh and interesting.

Now, one of my biggest worries was Supper's Ready, because of what it means for most GENESIS fans and also being that it's very hard to find a vocalist with the versatility of Peter Gabriel capable of creating dialogues with himself sounding as several different persons, so Steve did the best possible thing recruiting 5 singers with different characteristics for the seven parts and the result is brilliant:

i.- Lover's Leap was a surprise, I expected to listen the voice of Akerfeldt in harder sections, but he sings the romantic opening and does it incredibly well, he never tries to sound as Peter but still breaks my heart, just brilliant.

ii.- The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man allows us to listen Simon Collins trying to walk on dad's shoes and does it well, even when I would have preferred a vocalist closer to Gabriel, we can't deny that Collins is part of the bands history and sounds very well.

iii.- Conrad Keely is in charge of Ikhnaton and Itsacon and Their Band of Merry Men, I have to admit that this is the first time I heard him, and even when I don't like the initial approach, as the song advances Conrad makes it his song, another great work.

iv.- Michael Akerfeldt returns with How Dare I Be So Beautiful? And again does a great job with a soft melodic section that prepares the listener for what is about to come.

v.- One of my greatest doubts was Willow's Farm, being that the weirdness and humor had to be kept, and Steve takes the lead, this was an unexpected option but proved to be the best, Steve captures the spirit of the song with his own peculiar style.

vi.- Apocalypse in 9/8 (Co-Starring the Delicious Talents of Gabble Ratchet) was another challenge but this time both musical and vocally being that very few singers can imprint the necessary drama, but nothing can be achieved without a keyboardist as skilled as Tony Banks. So without expecting too much started to listen and liked what I heard, after a delicious flute section by John Hackett, Simon Collins does a decent (even when not outstanding) performance, but the band is just brilliant specially Roger King who makes some subtle but interesting changes in the keys'Impressive.

vii.- Francis Dunnery takes the risk of re-creating the emotional As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet) ,, and even when I never expected display of emotions as in the case of Peter Gabriel, he was not the best choice, being that the voice is correct, but the 'There's an Angel in the sun' section, is really weak.

I haven't talked too much about the music, because it's very close to the original asnd Steve always makes brilliant additions that give a new approach.

I always thought that The Lamia is one of the most poetic songs in Genesis career, so when I heard the name of Nick Kershaw knew from the start that he was the perfect choice, and was pleased with the result, one of the best moments in the album

Dancing with the Moonlit Knight is another classic and never expected that Francis Dunnery could remotely re-create the 'a capella' section, but after a beautiful guitar intro by Steve, Francis surpassed the expectations I had, maybe a bit nasal but strong and accurate. The double guitar duet between Hackett and Rothery is brilliant and Roger king plays with the Mellotron in that unique way I thought only Banks could make. Another highlight.

Fly On A Windshield is a track that Steve has played lately and always with Gary O'Toole in the drums and vocals, so it was no surprise for me, again impeccable, and perfectly coordinated with Broadway Melody of 1974 being that it's the same formation.

My all-time favorite Genesis song has always been The Musical Box, so any other vocalist except Peter Gabriel would had been a disappointment, but in this case Nad Sylvan was the worst option from the musicians available, extremely nasal and too close to Phil Collins, luckily Steve made those broken musical box sounds at the beginning that lowered the expectations of a faithful version.

The instrumentation is perfect, but the climax of the song ('Touch me, touch me') is simply un-bearable. The music is great; the voice is less than satisfactory, would had loved to listen this song with Michael Akerfeldt.

The best song of Disk one is by far the underrated Can-Utility and the Coastliners with an impeccable Steven Wilson who sings it as if it was the first time, never trying to be anybody else but him, his work is perfect and amazingly supported by Nick Beggs in the bass and Roger King making one of his best performances, never heard a best version of this track apart from the original.

Each time I listen Please Don't Touch I can't believe how GENESIS preferred the decent WOT GORILLA? Instead of this masterpiece, and this is one of the best versions I ever heard with an inspired Steve and a solid O'Toole in the percussion, the perfect closer for an outstanding Disk one.

Disk two begins with Blood On The Rooftops this time with an extra-long and delightful acoustic intro with Gary O'Toole confirming he has always done the best version of this song, his soulful singing is even better than the original, some people claim that the acoustic intro doesn't make sense with the tune, I just don't care, any long acoustic intro by Steve Hackett is always welcomed'Great opening.

I've never been a fan of Neal Morse, and after listening his exaggerated performance of The Return of the Giant Hogweed my impression is confirmed, the guy is not a team man, he wants to be a star and GENESIS music is for a band not for lone rangers. What I do like is the combined guitars of Hackett and Roine Stolt.

Until today I had no idea who Jakko Jakszykis, but after listening his beautiful rendition of Entangled, I will be paying more attention to his name, the guys manages to blend his voice with the marvelous Mellotron to offer us one of the highlights of the album.

Always thought that Wind & Wuthering is the best Collins era release by far, and Eleventh Earl of Mar the best track of this record, well, Hackett's version is almost as good as the original, mainly because Nad Sylvan offers a memorable performance, if I criticized him in The Musical Box I have to praise him in this song because he reminds me of the best Phil Collins I have heard (with some interesting improvisations), amazing cover with a perfect performance by all the band.

The only time I heard a woman singing a GENESIS song was when Heather Findlay gave a lovely performance of Afterglow, now is the turn for the queen of vibrato Amanda Lehmann to try with the warm Ripples and she never disappoints, her approach is aggressive, powerful, totally different to Phil Collins and she hit the nail in the head with an impressive rendition.

It's obvious for me that Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers ' and ... In That Quiet Earth have to be listened together being that this is the only way they make sense, the calmed mystery of the first one is the perfect intro for the apotheosis of the second track, and Steve recreated the magic perfectly with an inspired Roger King who keeps growing, and a solid Gary O'Toole who is always the glue that keeps the band together.

No tribute or cover album is complete without John Wetton, this time he was recruited to sing the dramatic Afterglow and he delighted the fans with one of his best performances ever, if he was good Genesis Revisited I, he is brilliant in Genesis Revisited II, to be honest, I'm not interested in listening another vocalist singing Afterglow, since now this song belongs to good old John since now and forever.

The last three songs are from Steve Hackett's personal discography A Tower Struck Down Camino Royale and Shadow of the Hierophant, the three are outstanding (Specially the third one with Amanda Lehmann), but I won't comment them extensively because Steve can do whatever he wants with them and will never disappoint anybody, being that we are used to the versatility he displays with his own material.

Normally I have very striong problems with the ratings, but in this case it's almost an impossible task, so lets go step by step.

If it wasn't for The Musical Box , I wouldn't hesitate and give the maximum rating possible, so I was tempted to rate Genesis Revisited II with only four stars, but after evaluating Nad Sylvan's amazing cover of Eleventh Earl of Mar and the huge amount of brilliant material provided by Steve and this group of fantastic musicians, I will stay with the 5 stars, that should be 4.5 if the system allowed it.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Ivan_Melgar_M (BETA) | Report this review (#859406) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
5 stars Thankfully Steve Hackett has a well deserved reputation for clinical honesty in perpetuating his craft, always truthful to his muse and indifferent to any outward criticism from a genuinely adoring public. He has carved a legendary status that is impressive, so one cannot claim that he is trying to cash in on past glories, quite to the contrary! The man is intelligent, technically unrivaled and continues to create brilliant music whether through his solo work or his many guest appearances, especially lately with the miraculous Kompendium project. He also chooses to surround himself with some the most celebrated artists in prog and beyond (hello Nik Kershaw!), the list is an impressive who's who = Nick Beggs, Francis Dunnery, Roine Stolt, Jakko Jakczyk, Steve Rothery, Mikael Akerfeldt, Nad Sylvan and Steve Wilson. His current band mates have been around for such a long ride, loyalty has its rewards (O'Toole, Townsend, King, Lehmann). Steve Hackett's work keeps getting better and better, this seminal monument to his participation in one of music's greatest achievements, which ended with HIS departure.

The Genesis catalogue is inspired with some masterful performances that have totally rejuvenated pieces that have attained legendary status already back in the 70s and ever since, armed with a cleaner, crisper production and enough variations on the themes to make it often better than the original ('Entangled, Dancing with The Moonlit Knight, Can Utility and the Coastliners, The Chamber of 32 Doors, Eleventh Earl of Mar, Ripples, the majestic ultra-progressive duo of Unquiet Slumbers and its companion piece , ...In the Quiet Earth , Blood on the Rooftops").

The only puzzle here is Neal Morse (never was or will be a fan) who just sucks on "The Return of the Giant Hogweed". Strange as John Wetton does a grand job on "Afterglow", his voice perfect for this kind of super-prog ballad!

"The Musical Box" is one of those classics that just cannot be bettered, period; it's a Gabriel masterpiece and Amen! While "Supper's Ready" has a Broadway feel with 5 different vocalists covering the Gabe's ghostly delivery of sheer magic. Akerfeldt, Simon Collins (Phil's son), Conrad Keely, Dunnery and Hackett himself do great honors to this timeless epic. Bravo!

"Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers?" and ",,, In the Quiet Earth" are the show stoppers here, a grandiose upward vortex of dizzying sounds and stellar playing, quite unparalleled in music history. The originals were brilliant and the reworks, well?.

I must also mention Steve Wilson who shines on both "Can Utility and the Coastliners" vocally and "The Shadow of the Hierophant",on guitar , doing terrific renditions on both counts.

Brilliant time-tested tunes, tastefully modern reworkings, obvious passion and reverence for his craft, lovely packaging and mostly a sense of respect form the guitar man.

Bloody wow! This is a must have collection of Genesis/Hackett classics

5 eternal beginnings

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to tszirmay (BETA) | Report this review (#883828) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review by Roland113
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars So I love Genesis, new, old, blue, bold you name it, I'm a fan. There have often been times that I've thought to myself that I'd love to hear updated versions of some of the old classics, seriously, who wouldn't want to hear Apocalypse in 9/8 with a Heavy Devy (Townsend) style wall of noise holding down the bottom as Clive Nolan soars through the keyboard solos with something other than a forty yer old organ.

Ok, I get it, maybe not everyone has that hope, I did though.

The one thing that I didn't want was a recreation of the original recordings as true to their initial recording as possible. I believe that Phil Collins was considering doing an album recreating fifty's standards note for note. He received a certain amount of ridicule from the prog community for this endeavor. Unfortunately, for me this is the same basic concept, only with better starting music. If I just wanted an updated recording of the music, I'd have bought the original 5.1 remasters that were reissued a few years ago . . . oh wait, I did.

I don't mean to sound terribly bitter, but I was so excited about this release prior to buying it, when it came out, it sounded like another version of the originals rather than a remake. The Mellotron was a fantastic keyboard in its time, it was a pioneering instrument, cutting edge. That was forty years ago. Same with the Hammond B3, it was fantastic and fresh in the heyday of progressive rock, but when today's keyboard players rely almost exclusively on these keyboards it sounds like they haven't moved on in forty years.

We've moved past the electronic toms and Jan Hammer keyboards of the eighties. If this album was to be an updated version of the seventies classics that I love so much, it failed. It wasn't as much an update as it was a rerecording.

Now, with that being said, there are still some highlights. Some of the songs do have additional vocal harmonies which somewhat satisfies my 'time to do something different' twitch. The Musical Box and Eleventh Earl of Mar both have harmonies added by Nad Sylvan that were welcome additions to my ears. In addition, the expanded chorus in Ripples featuring the mixed choir of voices is absolutely beautiful. The addition of the female voices adds a wonderful touch.

I do realize that this album is partially a showcase album designed to create excitement about an upcoming tour of the material with Mr. Hackett's new band. I am excited to see the tour and would even buy a live album from the tour.

In the end though, I have to give this CD a two star rating. While I would give five star ratings to many of the albums that these tracks originally appeared on, this release did not do enough to distinguish itself from the original songs and give it merit on it's own worth.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Roland113 (BETA) | Report this review (#890706) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover and E&O Teams
3 stars It's a good thing that someone invented the word "recreation". Fear not, we have masters at the helm, because who else should do it than such ensemble of skilled musicians (the best of the best? britain go go). As far as I can tell, these songs are very faithful "updated" versions of the old classics. Of course, there are weaker pieces (as this is compilation album I regularly listen to only about 2/5 of them). The ending section (last 2 minutes) of The Musical Box is a bit weaker than the original. What strikes me though is how similar to Gabriel the vocals are (in SR, DWtMK, TMB especially). Funny thing how Hogweed got recreated by the same Neal Morse not so long ago (Transatlantic, album Whirlwind), but it works.

'fcourse it works, but only if you're rather not preferring the originals. After all, they cannot be replaced and their "old" sound only adds to the experience, right ?

To each its own.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Marty McFly (BETA) | Report this review (#891905) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review by lazland
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars The first Genesis Revisited album, which I am yet to review, is a gem, mainly because Hackett added his own unique touches and changes to some old favourites, and previously unreleased tracks as well. So, I was really looking forward to this release. I pre- ordered the cd, which arrived at my house with a signature by the great man himself, so it was worth it just for that. I have listened to this album umpteen times prior to setting down some thoughts, but no matter how many times I listen, I reach the same conclusion, and that is that, whilst you really cannot go wrong with source material as superb as this, all we have here, in reality, is a cover album with knobs on.

It pains me to say this, and I should stress that this does not make it a bad album, far from it. It is just not a special album, and it certainly does not contain the originality of its predecessor, because, with the addition of a few additional acoustic guitar bits, this is, instrumentally, a carbon copy of the originals, albeit with a very deliberate mix which accentuates the guitar bits of a certain Mr Hackett, mainly at the expense of much of the Banks keyboard bits of the originals.

As I said before, the source material is superb, and there is a fair bit of bravery here, in that who would, on any Genesis compilation, include, let alone start an album, with Chamber of 32 Doors? It is a damn good version as well. I would also say that much of the Gabriel era recreations are, in reality, more akin to the Collins era recreations, a la Seconds Out. Again, I stress, I love these. Seconds Out is a masterpiece, and I really enjoy Collins era Genesis. It's just that I do not think that these versions really add anything to the pantheon.

Finest track, by far, is the sublime Blood on the Rooftops, with Gary O'Toole recreating his fine live version on disc. Ripples remains a beautiful piece of music, but Amanda Lehmann, whilst having a lovely voice, does not, to me, come anywhere near recreating that melancholic, yearning, vocal of Collins on the original.

And therein lies the problem. The album has a cast of thousands. My favourite guitarist of modern times, Steven Rothery, appears on the Lamia track, which is, again, a bold statement that the album is designed more for Genesis fans rather than pop passers-by. I, though, would rather that the collaboration was on original material, because, there is a simple fact here. That is that Gabriel and Collins (yes, Collins), were so fantastic and unique, that any attempt to cover them is, really, bound to end up in a poor comparison contest. And that is what we have here, a covers album, albeit one with one of the original protagonists and a host of stellar guests. A cover album, though, nonetheless.

So, whilst I marvel still at the music that, to me, exemplifies symphonic progressive rock, whilst my hair stands up when I hear some of those staggering movements, whilst I sing along at the top of my voice, I am left with one thought. It's life Jim, but not as we knew it (pardon the paraphrase).

In fact, as a longstanding fan of Hackett solo material, my absolutely favourite tracks here are the final three, and the ones unfamiliar to most listeners, A Tower Struck Down, Camino Royale, and Shadow of the Hierophant. The former is a cracking instrumental, which has a riff racing along and is in the finest tradition of eclectic Hackett. Camino Royale would sit nicely on any Hackett solo work, and is a nice bluesy track, with commercial sensibilities. The closer is lovely, with Lehmann giving some lovely vocals, and Steven Wilson guesting on guitar, and John Hackett providing a lilting flute.

So, how to rate this? Well, in view of the fact that the material is so good, and the performances so competent, it could really never be anything less than a really good album. However, in this reviewer's opinion, for the masterpieces, go back to those 1970's originals, the ones which are still proudly gathering dust on vinyl in my hall cupboard. In fact, let us be honest here. There is absolutely no artistic merit in releasing this album. It is a pension fund effort.

If we had such a rating, three and a half stars, rounded down to three because it is very good, but by no means as essential as the originals.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to lazland (BETA) | Report this review (#905154) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, February 02, 2013

Review by tarkus1980
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars There are plenty of good reasons not to rate this album so highly. Essentially, this is a tribute album, with an army of musicians coming together with one classic member to do a bunch of relatively faithful covers of 70s Genesis numbers (as well as a small handful of Hackett solo numbers that have Genesis connections). With so many of these tracks firmly entrenched in the highest tier of classic prog material, one could very well argue that there isn't a tremendous amount of necessity for this set on the whole, and I'd probably agree with this. And yet, while the set may not be necessary on the whole, it does seems necessary to me in parts, and I get so much enjoyment out of this overall that a grade this high seems reasonable to me. Plus, while I might, in different circumstances, laugh a bit at somebody who made an album like this and say that this reflected a shortage of ideas and was a quick way to grab some cash without coming up with new material, Hackett was in such a solid groove that a suggestion like that seems silly.

As I'm sure was the case with most people who had previously heard Genesis Revisited, the announcement that Hackett was putting together a second compilation of Genesis material filled me with a little dread. I mean, I got used to GR and even learned to really like some of Hackett's reinventions, but there was some really awful on that album that I just never came around to enjoying. Well, I shouldn't have worried, because Genesis Revisited II is a completely different kind of album. Genesis Revisited was largely about taking classic (and sometimes not classic) Genesis tracks, dismembering them, and using some of the pieces to rebuild the tracks in often borderline unrecognizable manners. In contrast, the general philosophy behind making this album seemed to be that the original versions, for the most part, were essentially just fine the way they were, but maybe could use a little tweaking and polishing and filling out in some spots (in other words, instead of trying to create "alternate" versions, he decided to try and create "definitive" versions). There isn't really any attempt to replicate the vocals of the originals, in either the Gabriel or Collins tracks, but on the instrumental side, the cores of the tracks are very much recognizable, and that alone makes this more palatable for old Genesis fans (who, let's face it, would be the primary market for this album) than Genesis Revisited ever could be.

The first disc, aside from closing with a spirited "Please Don't Touch" (better than the original, largely thanks to better production and some well-place strings), draws entirely from the Gabriel era, and the choices are quite interesting. Nursery Cryme is represented on this disc by "The Musical Box" ("The Return of the Giant Hogweed" is on the second disc), Foxtrot is represented by "Horizons" (basically identical to the original), "Supper's Ready" and "Can-Utility and the Coastliners," England is represented by "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight" (there's no "I Know What I Like" or "Firth of Fifth" here because those were on the first volume) and Lamb is represented by "The Chamber of 32 Doors," "The Lamia" and "Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974." Rather than cover all of the attributes of the songs (which greatly overlap with the originals), I'll mention some stand-out details concerning how they are presented on this disc.

Regarding "Supper's Ready," I really admire how (a) Steve avoided the potential cliche of having this end the set, instead sticking it third and treating it as just another great song, and (b) how Steve solves the impossible "the singer simply cannot live up to Gabriel's vocals" problem by having different vocalists in each of the sections (which lends some nice variety). I also really like how, without disturbing the framework of any sections of the piece, Steve makes the guitar significantly more prominent here than in the original; this provides great benefits in the "Ikhnaton and Itsacon," "Apocalypse in 9/8" and "As Sure As Eggs is Eggs" sections. No, this version of "Supper's Ready" is most definitely not better than the original, but parts of it are, and that's an amazing sentence for me to write.

Regarding "The Lamia," this one impressed me enough to be one of my two favorites on the album, which involves some stiff competition. The vocal performance by Nik Kershaw (his only vocal of the album) on this piece is absolutely beautiful, the great atmosphere of the original is fully preserved and even enhanced, and Hackett's guitar part at the end just kills.

Regarding "Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974," this one is performed in a manner similar to how it was done on the Live Rails album, with drummer Gary O'Toole on vocals, though this time there are vocals in both the "Fly" and "Broadway" sections. One addition I really like is how, when Gary sings the line, "There's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almond," the word "bitter" gets repeated and slowly faded out as Gary continues singing the rest of the track.

Regarding "Can-Utility and the Coastliners," I never really liked this song that much on Foxtrot, but I like it so much here that I'd stick it as my 3rd favorite track on this set. Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame (and Making Old Prog Albums Sound Awesome In Remasters fame) contributes a way better vocal for this song than Peter did (Peter's a better vocalist, obviously, but this might have been a song where Collins should have been on vocals in the original), and despite all of the instrumental parts being basically the same as before, the production makes them sound way better here than on Foxtrot. Keyboard parts that sounded tacky to me before sound beautiful here, the guitar tone sounds better, the guitar part in the final main instrumental passage actually sounds finished, and overall this is clearly the definitive version.

The second disc, aside from the aforementioned "Hogweed" (which is basically like the original, just with the guitar a little more prominent), comes from the Collins years, before rounding out with three old Hackett solo numbers for good measure. Some selected thoughts are as follows:

Regarding "Blood on the Rooftops," Hackett prefaces this with a lengthy classical guitar bit on top of the bit that was already there, and while this might be overkill, I don't really mind it. Gary O'Toole once again provides a nice vocal, and I like the fact that his voice cracks a bit at the end and they decided to leave it in. Sterile perfection is overrated.

Regarding "Eleventh Earl of Mar," this is basically the same track as the one that opened Wind, and yet it sounds better in every way, from the better and clearer vocal performance (Nad Sylvan basically sounds like young Collins but improved), to the cleaner balance between guitars and keyboards (which are still plenty prominent, mind you), to the overall greater liveliness of Steve's guitar (there's an up-and-down-the-fretboard whoosh just before the final "Daddy!" that gives a great rush of energy). A naysayer might complain that this version, by removing some of the murk of the Wind sound, removes some of the mystery and atmosphere of the piece, but I think the music sounds plenty mysterious and atmospheric here while also sounding clearer.

Regarding "Ripples," Amanda Lehmann puts in a great vocal performance, and the mid- song instrumental section, after I've spent so much time lamenting the off-kilter balance between the guitar and the keys in the original, gets the balance exactly where I would want to be. There had been plenty of good live versions of "Ripples" (some from legitimate recordings, others not) through the years from Genesis, with a good balance between the guitars and the keys, but all of them had featured Steurmer on guitar, and it's absolutely cathartic for me to have what feels like a finished version with Steve on guitar.

Regarding "Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers ...," "...In That Quiet Earth" and "Afterglow," these tracks are, in my opinion, the main reason to get this album. On Wind, these three tracks never quite worked for me the way I know they do for other people; I ended up fully appreciating "Afterglow" only after I started thinking of it as the capstone to the "In the Cage" medley (and this appreciation only somewhat extended to the studio version), and the instrumental tracks in this sequence, at best, struck me as having interesting ideas scattered about but not pulling them all together in an interesting enough manner. Well, this album creates a medley that destroys the original. "Unquiet" is essentially the same as before, but parts are made louder and stronger that need to be louder and stronger, and while some may once again complain about the loss of some murk, I find that a little more clarity actually enhances the atmosphere of this track. "In That Quiet Earth" ROARS in a way the original didn't, and while it follows the basic script of the original, all of the parts have more power, and the presence of some saxophone near the end breaks up some of the monotony in the arrangement that hurt the original. As for "Afterglow," I've always felt that Collins did a poor job on this song (as on most songs on Wind, excluding "Blood on the Rooftops"), but it's still a little shocking to me that a 60+ John Wetton would sound so much better suited for this song than the young Collins did (Collins, to his credit, got a lot better with it in live performance). Wetton gives an oomph to the song that the original just didn't have, and I find myself singing along to Banks' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" knock-off (don't laugh, Banks has admitted this himself) freely, whereas I always felt silly singing with it in the original version.

Regarding "A Tower Struck Down," people won't pay too much attention to this (it's included because Rutherford and Collins played on the original), but this is the best version of the track available. Other versions tended to sound a little wimpier and goofier than they should have given the guitar riffs, but this version puts special emphasis on the hard rock aspects of the piece, hardening up the guitar tone and laying down a strong beat, and the song sounds better for it.

Regarding "Camino Royale," Steve's rationale for putting this on the collection is a little silly (it has no Genesis connection except for its genesis in a dream where Steve heard Genesis singing the chorus), but it's better than the original studio version, so I don't mind it. The main improvement is in Steve's singing, which sounded very unconvincing when singing the chorus originally but now sounds smooth and in control, and the jazzy instrumental break is fun too. The Time Lapse version is the definitive version to me, but I like this one a lot.

Regarding the closing "Shadow of the Hierophant," I really like the choice to make this the closer. It's done very much the same as in the original, and the only major difference is that there's a bit of sax in the extended coda, but the steamroller effect of the coda is still in full force, and I'd rate this as the equal of the great original.

Now, I didn't mention everything, and not everything I didn't mention is super, and even with all of the nice things I've said about these tracks and all of the definitive versions, the amount of creativity that went into the various tweaks and new features is ultimately dwarfed by the creativity that went into creating the originals. For my inner prog fan, though, being able to rediscover so many old favorites through this album is pure joy, and a high rating must necessarily follow. Any fan of 70s Genesis should buy this, and if the few solo tracks bring you into the world of solo Hackett, so much the better.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to tarkus1980 (BETA) | Report this review (#982992) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars Better than the first Genesis Revisited album, but not as good as Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith

In the mid 1990's Steve Hackett revisited his Genesis days the first time around (in the studio), resulting in the interesting, but disjointed Genesis Revisited album in 1996. 2012 sees him revisiting Genesis a second time with this follow-up: Genesis Revisited II. While the first Genesis Revisited album was a single disc featuring remakes of nine classic Genesis songs plus two new instrumentals, Genesis Revisited II is a double album carrying no less than a further 17 Genesis classics plus four remakes of tunes from Hackett's early solo albums. There is no overlap between the two albums, which is a testament to the impressive wealth of excellent material Steve had to draw on in the Genesis catalogue from his days in the band (from 1971's Nursery Cryme to 1976's Wind And Wuthering).

Like with the first Genesis Revisited album, Hackett is joined by a plethora of more or less well-known guest stars. Among the most famous ones is John Wetton who appears on both albums. Other familiar names include Steve Rothery, Francis Dunnery, Neal Morse, and several others. Members of Hackett's own band, past and present, that help out here, include Nick Magnus and Steve's brother John Hackett. Apart from Steve himself, no other Genesis members appear here.

Just like the first Genesis Revisited album was followed by a tour and a live recording (the excellent Tokyo Tapes), so too was Genesis Revisited II (as documented on the recently released Genesis Revisited: Live At Hammersmith). In both cases, the live recording is better than the respective studio recording. The songs present here that are not also featured on the Live At Hammersmith album are The Return Of The Giant Hogweed, Can Utility And The Coastliners, Horizons, Ripples, and the Hackett solo numbers Please Don't Touch, A Tower Struck Down, and Camino Royale. Included on both this album and on Live At Hammersmith are full versions of The Musical Box, Supper's Ready (here preceded by Horizons as on the original studio album), Dancing With The Moonlit Knight, The Chamber Of 32 Doors, The Lamia, Fly On A Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974, Entangled, Blood On The Rooftops, Eleventh Earl Of Mar, Unquiet Slumbers For The Sleepers/In That Quiet Earth/Afterglow, and, from Steve's solo career, Shadow Of The Hierophant. This very nicely represents Steve's days in Genesis (and the early days as a solo artist). With Wind And Wuthering being (probably) my favourite Genesis album, I'm especially glad to see so many terrific selections from that particular album.

With the Collins/Banks/Rutherford line-up of Genesis (backed up by Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson in the live arena) focusing almost exclusively on 80's and 90's material, and Peter Gabriel never performing any Genesis songs live, (and don't hold your breath for a reunion of the five-man-line-up), Steve Hackett is the only one who faithfully carries the legacy of classic Genesis onward. And he has been doing that very well indeed for many years and there is no sign of him slowing down.

This second instalment is a lot better than Hackett's first Genesis Revisited album, though personally I prefer the live version. For a fan of Genesis and Steve Hackett like me, Genesis Revisited II is a very enjoyable listen indeed. However, I suspect that the average Prog fan will be satisfied with the original Genesis albums on which these tunes first appeared. Unlike those classics, this one--good though it is--is not an essential addition.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to SouthSideoftheSky (BETA) | Report this review (#1086830) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, December 08, 2013

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Degabrieling Genesis ...

Ah ...it has been so long for me not writing a prog review for this site due to unbelievable workload in my professional life - it's a good problem to have, actually ... And this one by Steve Hackett has been one of albums regularly played during my work and sipping a cup of black coffee ....what a life! How can you afford a life without prog music surrounding you? Even I keep proggin' during my cycling to work on daily basis. But no time to write one until tonight when I need a break after a long hours of work preparing next week busy agenda. But i enjoy it very much ...because I have prog in my blood!

OK ...let's get started with this Genesis Revisited II. First off, I always enjoy any album Steve has produced including this one. I think he is a great composer and not just a great guitar player. And for this one I wan to look at three aspects. First is on the selection of songs for this 2-CD album. Second, on the composition or rearrangement (if any) related to this one and third, how the guitar retouching by Hackett works with this album.

In terms of selection of songs I have to admit that all of them are excellent tracks with the whole tenure of Steve with Genesis until he left after Wind and Wuthering plus four tracks from his solo work. It's excellent! As you know, avid Genesis fans usually categorizing the bands into two era: Gabriel era and without Gabriel. For me personally, the determining factor is Steve Hackett as I do enjoy two albums after Gabriel left: A Trick of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering. So ..no problems Gabriel left the band as long as Steve is still with Genesis. It proved when Steve left the music has completely changed as no longer howling guitar sounds exist. I do not mean also that I do not enjoy Trespass with Anthony Phillips but I just want to emphasize that the existence of Steve is key in Genesis. So I can put four stars actually on selection of songs.

On the composition or rearrangements of the music, I feel dissatisfied as all songs are in its original composition; only some guitar retouching here and there. Why Steve did like this? Why he did not take lessons from his Revisited I which was really excellent as he rearranged the song like Firth of Fifth wonderfully? Or ...did he ever learn from The Fower Kings who covered Cinema Show better from its original form? In this record everything is exactly the same. What is different is that for those Gabriel fan might say that this is a de-Gabriel-ing Genesis as tracks during Gabriel era are sung by others. Yes there are great songs here like Supper's Ready, The Return of Giant Hogweed, The Chamber of 32 Doors, Can Utility and the Coastliners , Entangle, Fly on a Windshield, Blood on The Rooftops. Wow! They sound like Genesis but then what without rearrangement? Why not better listening to the original album of Genesis?

Maybe the reason for listening this album is the guitar retouch (a bit) by Hackett. The sound of guitar is now much more apparent than the original version and I enjoy it. I think I love Steve's guitar playing and they all sound great here with this Revisited II album. In some part like Blood on Rooftops he added some bars of acoustic guitar as well. The solo work like Camino Royale, Please Dont Touch etc sound better here than the original version.

I think this is still a good and enjoyable album - like listening to Genesis compilation PLUS (four solo tracks). Actually Steve can do more with rearrangements of the songs. Keep on proggin' ....!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Gatot (BETA) | Report this review (#1160995) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014

Latest members reviews

3 stars Nostalgia for the good old days ... This album by Steve Hackett is yet another tribute to Genesis and in particular to some songs from their best period. The songs are played with a lot of respect ... but perhaps too much. Compared to the first "Genesis Revisited" (the 1996 tribute album) the ... (read more)

Report this review (#953268) | Posted by Dark Nazgul | Friday, May 03, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It seems that this album falls into two camps. The first group are people who want Mr. Hackett to recreate Peter Gabriel's Genesis almost note for note, while adding small touches and cleaning up the sound. The second group wants SH to continue in the vein of the first Genesis Revisited, wher ... (read more)

Report this review (#897230) | Posted by tdfloyd | Monday, January 21, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Anybody who listens to this album expecting a genuine sequel to the unique Genesis Revisited will be sorely disappointed. You won't find any Firth of Fifth, Los Endos, or Fountain of Salmacis on here. All of the songs on here are essentially note for note covers. While Hackett does add a littl ... (read more)

Report this review (#893868) | Posted by SpectralHorizons | Monday, January 14, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Would it be an original album, it would gain a five star rating but considering it's a rehash of old well-known classics, although extremely well done, a four star rating is the maximum rating I'm ready to give. This being said, this album is a must-buy for lovers of both these classic songs and ... (read more)

Report this review (#868564) | Posted by phillihp | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Review Permanlink

1 stars "Poor. Only for completionists" seems to sum this album just about right. It's been roughly ten years since I first stumbled upon Genesis and fell in love with it's 70's output both with and without Gabriel. As many people here on Prog Archives can probably relate, I quickly went off and looked u ... (read more)

Report this review (#857508) | Posted by Floydian42 | Monday, November 12, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Sadly, this isn't the same as 'Genesis revisited 1'. Instead of using more of the old Genesis music as a basis for recreating more 'moody' (Steve Hackett flavoured) versions we have ended up with a 'tribute' album! Artists have been invited to put their take of classic parts of genesis music, ... (read more)

Report this review (#851103) | Posted by sussexbowler | Monday, November 05, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars What a pleasure to hear some of those classics with a new breath of life attached, though some of the vocalists perhaps leave a little to be desired' The fact that modern technology has delivered this take on the originals should be the overriding factor and it does produce in spades. Additio ... (read more)

Report this review (#846203) | Posted by huge | Sunday, October 28, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I'm going to treat this similarly to how I would treat a live album. In that respect, I won't take marks off for the lack of new material but will judge it purely on how the material we know and love was represented. This album is fantastic. I have the first Genesis Revisited and this is a mas ... (read more)

Report this review (#846062) | Posted by TrickedTail | Sunday, October 28, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is a marked improvement on Genesis Revisited 1 and part of a run of excellent albums from Steve. Disc 1 In terms of the tracks, there could have been more from the Lamb, such as the title track and perhaps Back in NYC and the sublime Hairless Heart which Steve has covered before, rath ... (read more)

Report this review (#845193) | Posted by Arragorn1 | Thursday, October 25, 2012 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of STEVE HACKETT "Genesis Revisited II"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.50 seconds